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Details on Apple iPad 3G AT&T data plan

Posted in Technology with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 28, 2010 by prolifik1

Both are no contract data plans

Unlimited data: $29.99 per month

250mb: $15 per month

As long as a 3G data plan is active, the user also has access to every AT&T WiFi Hot Spot. This is beneficial for those who only have the 250mb data plan.

Users of the 250mb data plan also get alerts of how much data they have remaining. They will receive notification alerts at 20% and even at 10% data remaining. Once it runs out, they can renew it which would start another 30-day cycle or they can simply upgrade to unlimited.

Each plan does automatically renew itself once it has been confirmed on the iPad.

via Gizmodo

Who knew it can look this clean…

Posted in Cars with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 16, 2010 by prolifik1

I’ve seen plenty of Cubes hella riced out with ugly ass wheels, fart can eBay exhausts with no drop at all once they dropped here in the US.

Browsed the Nissan Cube Life forums and saw this clean one:

AT&T 3G MicroCell: Fixes AT&T 3G cell phone reception in deadzones

Posted in Technology with tags , , , , , , , on April 13, 2010 by prolifik1

I know many of AT&T customers’ have experienced and complained about having horrible reception. Look no further! This device is for you! According to Gizmodo, it works! Downside? It’s going to cost you. The price? $150!Well, can possibly be free if you complain to customer service.

I know, I know what you’re thinking! Why can’t AT&T just improve on expanding their network by putting more towers? Costs! It’s going to cost a lot more for AT&T to do that and would probably lead to higher/ridiculous phone bills! It’s already a shitload in my opinion when it comes to owning a smartphone on any of the major cell phone carriers. Data is expensive! It’s not cheap for those who own a smartphone. I have an iPhone and that alone is a data hog.

via Gizmodo


$150, no monthly fee, with no strings attached—but it counts against your monthly cell minutes. It’s $20 a month for unlimited MicroCell calling. If you get an unlimited plan, the MicroCell drops to $50 after rebate. (If you have AT&T broadband, it knocks another $50 off.) Update: If you complain loudly enough to the right rep, you might be able to snag one for free.

It’s a Lifechanger

A box about as big an oversized cable modem, the MicroCell is a mini cellphone tower that plugs into and passes calls through your existing broadband connection, giving you about a 40-foot radius of solid cell reception. Dead zones crackle to life; calls can be made without dropping.

The setup process is mostly plug and play—if you’ve got a router, it jacks into that, or if you plug your computer directly into a modem, it has a port for passthrough. You just activate the MicroCell through AT&T’s website and then wait for about an hour as it springs to life (which is agonizing if you’re revving to make the first call from your house in over two years. The MicroCell’s only inconvenient installation requirement is a view of the sky for GPS reception—a necessity for 911 location services (and presumably the way AT&T prevents you from using it overseas).

It only works with AT&T numbers, and you can only have 10 numbers registered at once tapping into the MicroCell. Since you have to assign the numbers through AT&T’s site every time you want to add one, friends who’re just stopping by (or your neighbors) won’t be able to take advantage of your newly awesome reception, unless you add them to the list. And, even if you’re friendly enough to add your buddies to the list, if they (or you, for that matter) have original iPhones, they won’t be able to hop on—the MicroCell supports 3G phones only. The plus side is that it’s the only femtocell that supports data, so you can actually use it to check email on your phone.

AT&T’s stated range of 40 feet held up flawlessly in our tests, passing through a wall and delivering strong reception 30 feet outside of the apartment (thanks to its combo of 850MHz and 1900MHz bands). Where it got sticky was at the edge of the reception zone—our test phones continued to show full bars until the connection abruptly died completely, and the phones began hunting for new signals.

It’s nothing short of revelatory, to suddenly have full reception where there was none, to make calls where one couldn’t before.

There is a philosophical problem though: Should you buy a device that makes a service you already pay for simply work the way it’s supposed to? Every carrier offers some form of in-home extension of their service—Sprint’s Airave femotcell, Verizon’s Network Extender, and T-Mobile’s @Home—and they all charge you for it, even though you’re routing calls over your own broadband connection. (And even though using the femtocell eats up your minutes, unless you pay even more for unlimited.) It sucks. Maybe we should take a stand, refuse to pay more just to make cell service usable, and demand that they fix it or give the boxes away.

On other the hand, if you’re not interested in making a stand, and just want to use your phone on the toilet after two years of not being able to, maybe $150 is worth it to you.

Apple iPad/iPhone Owners: Turn iPhone into a wireless iPad Camera!

Posted in Technology with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 8, 2010 by prolifik1

Saw this over via Gizmodo

I thought it was pure genius! I love these types of apps! I don’t have an iPad to test it out on, but for those who own an iPad and an iPhone, feel free to try it out!

All you need to do is download the Camera A and Camera B apps onto your iPad and iPhone respectively—note that Camera A will set you back a buck while Camera B is free. Once you’ve got the apps on your devices, make sure bluetooth is switched on, and open the apps. Ta da! You’ll see everything your iPhone’s lens sees on your iPad.

To take a picture you’ll tap the camera icon at the bottom of your iPad’s screen. A pop up prompt will ask you if you really want to save the photo and that’s it, you’re done. Oh, and if you want photos to save to both your iPhone and your iPad each time, then you can flip the little toggle switch in the lower right of the screen:

First Look: iPhone OS 4 Multi-tasking

Posted in Technology with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 8, 2010 by prolifik1

Here’s a video following the keynote that shows a sneak peak on how multi-tasking works in the new OS 4.

Apple iPhone OS 4

Posted in Technology with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 8, 2010 by prolifik1

Today, Apple held its keynote presentation this morning unveiling the new OS 4 for the Apple iPhone.  My thoughts, I’m not impressed at all.  I have a jailbroken 3G and I’ve had these features for almost 2 years of owning my iPhone. Only thing my lacks is the speed of a 3GS. It’s funny how Apple finally implements features that other independent/home brew developers have already done via jailbreak.

Not having the new Apple multi-task feature for older models like the 3G is a slap in the face. I’ve already had this feature and it handles just fine. I wouldn’t consider it much of a slap in the face for 2G users since they obviously need to upgrade already.

I guess it’s safe to say, those who aren’t too tech savvy on performing the available hacks that can be done on the iPhone can pretty much appreciate the new OS 4.

Here is a  run down of what the best features were as brought to you by Gizmodo.

Multitasking: It’s here, finally. It’s handled with a simple task switcher: double click your home button, and you get a list of running apps. Select, switch, done. Multitasking is limited to audio streaming, VoIP and GPS apps, as well as a few other allowances: they can finish specific, important tasks in the background, for example. As far as non-music/nav/VoIP apps, those can be suspended in the background, but not left running. (See below.) Full details here.

Fast app switching: With iPhone 4’s multitasking, most apps aren’t actually running in the background—just certain functions of the app, like an audio stream or a GPS lock. But! All apps can now be frozen, in full, so that when you reopen them, they’re restored to exactly the state they were in when they were closed.

Local notifications: Notifications can be sent between apps on the phone, not just from remote servers. In other words, if something important happens in an app you’ve opened and moved away from, a notification will pop up in whatever app you’re using at the time, effectively saying “switch back to me!” It’s a fairly clever way to keep track of multiple apps without the need for a start bar or dock-type interface. From Apple’s dev guidelines:

The advantage of local notifications is that they are independent of your application. Once a notification is scheduled, the system manages the delivery of it. Your application does not even have to be running when the notification is delivered.

Apple’s official line:

iPhone OS 4‘s new multitasking offers users a new way to quickly move between apps, and provides developers seven new multitasking services to easily add multitasking features to their apps. These services include background audio, so apps like Pandora can play music in the background, and VoIP, so VoIP apps can receive a VoIP call even when the iPhone is asleep or the user is running other apps. iPhone OS 4 provides multitasking to third party apps while preserving battery life and foreground app performance, which has until now proved elusive on mobile devices.

And some more technical details, again from Apple’s developer guidelines:

An application can request a finite amount of time to complete some important task. An application can declare itself as supporting specific services that require regular background execution time. An application can use local notifications to generate user alerts at designated times, whether or not the application is running.

App folders: Now you can sort your apps into folders! That’s homescreen clutter solved, just like that. Apple’s description:

Folders help users better organize and quickly access their apps. Simply drag one app icon onto another, and a new folder is automatically created. The folder is automatically given a name based on the App Store category of that app, such as “Games,” which the user can easily rename. Using folders, users can now organize and access over 2,000 apps on their iPhone.

2160, to be exact.

A new Mail app: Unified inboxes, multiple Exchange accounts, fast inbox switching, threaded messages: These new features are actually a huge deal, since the iPhone’s mail client has barely changed since 2007, and Apple doesn’t allow alternative mail apps. Apple’s pitch:

iPhone OS 4 delivers the best mail experience on a mobile phone with its new Unified Inbox, allowing users to see messages from all their email accounts displayed together in a single inbox. With just a few taps, users can quickly switch between inboxes to see messages from any single account.

iBooks: Oh hey, that iBooks ebook reader app and accompanying ebook store we first met on the iPad has ambled on down to the iPhone. Nice, since you can now take your books with you wherever you go, as oppose to wherever you go with your iPad.Custom backgrounds: Jailbreakers have them. Hell, the iPad has them. Now you can choose a persistent background for your iPhone—and not just for the lockscreen.

Game Center: Apple’s going to roll out a centralized gaming service—a multiplayer network like PSN or Xbox Live—to help connect games to one another, by the end on the year. There are 3rd-party services that already do this, like OpenFeint. They will probably die. Full details here.

iAd advertising: It looks like Apple’s finally making use of Quattro, that mobile ad company it gobbled up a few months ago, by rolling out its own advertising platform, a turnkey ad plugin for app developers called iAd. The theory here is that instead of relying on links to external websites, which pull users out of apps whenever they tap on an ad, developers can use Apple’s new tools to keep people in the app while still showing them advertising—sort of like popover browser windows. You can watch videos, play games, and even buy apps from within these ads. This is in the iPhone OS 4 developer tools, but it’s not explicitly a part of OS 4, so you won’t see apps with iAds until later this year. Full details here.

5x digital zoom: Could this hint at a higher quality camera in the next hardware? 3.2 megapixels seems a bit low for 5x digital zoom.

Bluetooth keyboards: Another carryover from the iPad, Bluetooth keyboard support will finally come to iPhone 4.

• A bevy of other new developer features, including 1500 new APIs to play with: See here for more details.